Monthly Archives: January 2019

13 Strategies for Making a Large Room Feel Comfortable

It’s easy to pine for a larger space when you’re living in a teensy one, however, big chambers pose a few of their own challenges, and that’s what we will be handling today. Whether you live in a loft, possess a living space with extremely substantial ceilings or merely have a great deal of space […]

House, Meet Landscape: How Integrated Gardens Came to Be

While I think of this sway British garden layout has had on gardens across the Western world, cottage gardens and Arts and Crafts gardens come to mind. But the origins of some contemporary garden features can be traced even further back — to the 18th century and the English landscape landscapes of William Kent, Humphrey […]

Great Design Plant: Catalina Ironwood

Native to the dry, lonely islands off Southern California, Catalina ironwood is similar to a shaggy, well-worn page out of California history. It is a striking tree with the peely-bark look of an antique relic — perfect for a low-water, natural landscape. But at a much more formal, amazing setting, it’s as out of place […]

Yes, You Can Enjoy Your Yard! Here's How

In mild climates, there’s still time to plant a more merry camellia in a kettle near the front door and put in bulbs to get a big spring show. In colder areas, it’s time to gather boughs in the yard for new structures inside and out. In the Southwest, luminarias make outdoor rooms shine, and […]

10 Tips for a Soothing French Country Nursery

If you think of French style, the relaxed look of French country often springs to mind: tender, intimate, inviting and comfortable. The look has bohemian undertones; the furniture will be antique or reflect older fashions. Bright, airy colours and a mixture of soft, natural, breathable fabrics characterizes it. This calming palette of soft colours and […]

A Broad Basement Gets in the Game

This Portland, Oregon, remodel turned a dark ’70s-style basement into a fantasy area for a household of four. Designer Erin Davis of Mosaik Design & Remodeling and Jenny Guggenheim of Fig Studio Interior Design made full use of the spacious 1,700-square-foot basement, incorporating a match area, TV area, bedroom, bath and kitchenette. Midcentury-inspired furniture and […]

Open-Air Living in the Mountains of Bali

A former London city slicker, Simon Evans made the move from an urban apartment to this darkened tropical home among the trees. He worked together with local business Bali GreenWorld to design and construct his new home — a two-story 377-square-foot construction made entirely out of locally sourced materials. And he cleared out all the […]

Kitchen of the Week: A Part-Time Space Entirely Satisfies

Though this pied-à-terre kitchen at San Francisco gets less usage than just one in a fulltime home, the owners still wanted all the amenities of a whole kitchen. Used mainly for a week for a month at a time, it has 82 square feet of distance — meaning the owners had to maintain their wish […]

Go Wide With a Football-Watching Party Outside

The start of the new NFL season is just round the corner. On Wednesday evening, September 5, 2012, the Cowboys of Dallas take on the Giants of New York. You couldn’t ask for a much better kickoff to soccer season, as this is one of those great NFL rivalries, pitting “America’s Team” contrary to the […]

Kitchen Counters: Gorgeous Engineered Quartz

Engineered quartz is countertops’ style chameleon. Whether you love traditional or modern, apple green or ecru, honed or polished, flecked or patterned, quartz’s myriad choices will have you covered. Engineered quartz is also simple to keep, nontoxic and nonallergenic — there’s not much to dislike about this magnificent man-made material. Abodwell interior design- Brittney Fischbeck […]